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In 1741, Thomas Cookson, deputy surveyor for Lancaster County, surveyed a parcel of land at the intersection of the Monocacy Trail and the Codorus Creek. His goal: to lay out a town in grid formation, similar to Philadelphia. The town was to become York, named for Yorkshire, England. By the end of the year, 23 lots had been assigned. One of the first buildings to be erected was the Golden Plough Tavern, which is still standing over 260 years later.

In the surrounding frontier, German, Scotch-Irish, and Quaker settlers had already found the land suitable enough to call "home."

Eight years later, York County was born, created out of Lancaster County in August 1749. It was the fifth county in Pennsylvania, and the first west of the Susquehanna River. In the town of York, 63 log houses and two churches were now standing.

In the intervening years between York’s humble beginnings and its present-day status as a leader in agriculture and industry, the York area has been witness to many major events of national historical significance and industrial development.

Our storied history features major roles in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, in the conception and development of products that improved life and transportation for Americans throughout the years, and in the manufacture of many items you know – some you may even have in your home or office.

Click on the links below to learn more.

York County History: The American Revolution

York County History: The Civil War

York County: The History of Industry

York County History: Timeline 

The Renaissance of York City

The Murals of York

The Historical Markers of York County

National Register Listings of York County Properties

There are also several off-site sources for York County history & information.  Here are a few:

York Daily Record History Pages

York County Heritage Trust

Central Market House

York County - Official Site

York County Convention & Visitors Bureau

York City - Official Site

York County Chamber of Commerce

Nine Month in York Town

Relocation Link: York County

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